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Cosmas of Jerusalem Canon for Christmas Day: Ode I

The following comes from the pen of St. Cosmas of Jersusalem and is one of the earliest Christmas songs we have available. (This is just Ode 1 out of 9).

Ode 1 – Christ is born! Tell Forth His fame!

 

Christ is born! Tell forth His fame!

Christ from heaven! His love proclaim!

Christ on earth! Exalt His Name!

Sing to the Lord, O world, with exultation!

Break forth in glad thanksgiving, every nation

For He hath triumphed gloriously!

 

Man, in God’s own Image made,

Man, by Satan’s wiles betrayed,

Man, on whom corruption preyed,

Shut out from hope of life and of salvation,

To-day Christ maketh him a new creation,

For He hath triumphed gloriously!

 

For the Maker, when His foe

Wrought the creature death and woe,

Bowed the Heav’ns, and came below,[1]

And, in the Virgin’s womb His dwelling making,

Became True Man, man’s very nature taking;

For He hath triumphed gloriously!

 

He, the Wisdom, Word, and Might,

God, and Son, and Light of Light,

Undisocvered by the sight

Of earthly monarch, or infernal spirit,

Incarnate was, that we might Heav’n inherit:

For He hath triumphed gloriously!


[1] The reference is, of course, to Psalm 18.9 “He bowed the Heavens also, and came down.”

 

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